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Rosario rues absence in crucial TNT clash with Ginebra

Troy Rosario fell hard to the floor during TNT's match against Phoenix. PBA Media Bureau (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Troy Rosario was relegated to a spectator on Sunday night as TNT imploded in the end to Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Rosario suffered a hard fall with chin first early into the fourth quarter of the KaTropa's match against the Phoenix Fuel Masters and was stretchered off the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Luckily, Rosario did not have any fracture, but he was advised to take the Sunday off.

"Masakit," Rosario shared his reaction to TNT's tough loss that put them in danger of even missing the quarterfinals.

He even thought he was the missing link for the team.

"Sa tingin ko, kailangan ko nang bumalik kasi kawawa naman yung mga teammates ko. Ang haba ng minutes na nilalaro. Parang yung minutes ko, napunta pa sa kanila," Rosario further rued.

Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, RR Pogoy, and Mo Tautuaa each played 32 or more minutes while seldom-used players Alfrancis Tamsi and Frank Golla also got extended minutes from Coach Nash Racela.

Rosario, however, insisted that he has moved on from the incident.

"Ganon talaga. Aksidente ang nangyari sa atin. Di ko ginusto ang nangyari sa akin," he continued.

However, he also said that he is fine now.

"OK naman na. Hindi naman ako nahihilo di tulad noong mga nakaraang araw na andoon pa rin yung hilo," Rosario claimed. "So far, wala akong naramdaman. Yung tahi na lang."

But on whether he will play on Wednesday night in what would now be a do-or-die encounter with GlobalPort back at "The Big Dome", he said, "Yun ang malalaman bukas kasi 2 p.m. ang checkup ko."

He also listed himself as doubtful for the Gilas practice at the West Greenhills Gym in San Juan City on Monday.

"Di ko alam kung makakapunta ako bukas," Rosario further said. "Depende kung ano ang pakiramdam ko."

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